Jaclyn McDonnellCoordinator for Science
Phone: (757) 603-6473
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The K-12 Science program is based primarily on the Virginia Standards of Learning for Science. It emphasizes the SOL content strands of Scientific Investigation Reasoning and Logic, Life Processes, Living Systems, Matter, Energy, Force and Motion, Earth/Space Interrelationships, Resources. The Science SOL Test Scores at grade 3 and grade 8 are among the highest in the school division.

The program is student-oriented, hands-on, and not textbook dependent. Science Fairs, including an Invention Convention for grade 5, are held at each elementary school. Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are offered at the high schools.

Middle School Course Offerings

Physical Science – Grade 8

Course ID: 4125|

During the academic year, students will become actively acquainted with two of the physical sciences: chemistry and physics.Using hands-on investigative [...]

Life Science – Grade 7

Course ID: 4115|

Seventh grade life science will provide students with experiences investigating natural cycles and living systems.A hands-on exploratory approach incorporating experimental [...]

Science – Grade 6

Course ID: 4105|

At this grade level, students will develop culminating experiences in the general sciences in preparation for content specialization during subsequent [...]

High School Course Offerings

Physics

Course ID: 4509SB|

This course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and emphasizes the development of conceptual understanding and [...]

Advanced Placement Chemistry

Course ID: 4411 & 4411-1|

AP Chemistry/AP Chemistry Laboratory is a daily two-semester course equivalent to the first year of college-level Introductory Chemistry.Upon successful completion [...]

Chemistry

Course ID: 4409SB|

Chemistry I is a laboratory course of inorganic chemistry suggested for the student planning to pursue a four-year college degree.A [...]

Advanced Placement Biology

Course ID: 4380|

AP Biology is the equivalent of a college-level Biology course.Instruction is focused on conceptual understanding that allows students to develop [...]

Honors Biology

Course ID: 4313SB|

Biology I is a laboratory science course in which students discover the parts and processes of living things and their [...]

Biology – Grade 10

Course ID: 4311SB|

Biology I is a laboratory science course in which students discover the parts and processes of living things and their [...]

Honors Earth Science

Course ID: 4213SB|

Earth Science is an introductory laboratory science course that covers astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology. Investigations emphasize the social relevance [...]

Earth Science – Grade 9

Course ID: 4211SB|

Earth Science is an introductory laboratory science course that covers astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology. Investigations emphasize the social relevance [...]